Front door painted red

I live very close to my parents, so I pop over quite a bit during the week. Every time I go to their house I'm met with this wooden door in a brick/terracotta shade that has been like this for decades!

terracotta colored entry door

The color was just so blah, and since my parents have a mainly brick house the front door completely blended in. Now, painting a wooden door is a fairly simple project, but it can be time consuming when you have to remove it off the hinges, take off the hardware and prime the door. I decided to use a couple of little tricks to make the process go much faster and the finished product really made a huge difference – all in an afternoon project.



1.The most exciting part of a new job is the new color! My parents wanted something traditional with a little bit of a twist. Instead of going with a bold red, which is often the norm when homeowners decide to go outside of traditional white or black, we went with a poppy shade. A perfect combo of pink, orange and red.

red paint

Since the shade we picked wasn't completely opposite of what we were starting out with there was no need to prime the door. Also when picking out paint I made sure to pick out a paint with built in primer to still do it properly, but just skip a step.

2.Once the paint was picked out the next step was simply to start painting while the door was still mounted and hardware was still on.

painting a door

Because of the paint’s consistency (nice and thick instead of thin and runny), I was able to leave the door mounted and not get any drip marks. Additionally, I was able to leave the hardware on by running to my parents’ bathroom vanity and borrowing their petroleum jelly. If you apply petroleum jelly to hardware you don't want to remove you can simply paint over it. When you are done, just wipe the paint with a paper towel and it will come right off!

3.I grabbed cotton swabs (another goody from the vanity) and applied the jelly directly onto the hardware.

applying petroleum jelly on the door hardware

I tried to be careful anyway and not get any paint on the hardware, but I did get a little on it.

painting around door hardware

After a little wipe, the hardware ended up nice and clean:

cleaned door hardware

4.Apply one more coat of paint, and voila!

second coat of paint on front entry door

5.Add a personal touch such as a monogram and welcome mat for another pop of color, and you’re all set!

finished painted door

It was such a simple project that was easy on the wallet because I only needed to pick up a quart of paint. I already had a brush, petroleum jelly and cotton swabs at home, but those are inexpensive items to pick up as well. I'm now much happier when I come a knocking on their door.

front entry door with storm door closed